Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Ceisteanna (354, 355, 356)

Jimmy Deenihan

Ceist:

402 Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when payment of REP scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2413/11]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

An issue has arisen in relation to the area claimed by the person named under in his REPS application. The file is currently under examination and my officials will be in contact with the person named when this examination is complete.

John Deasy

Ceist:

403 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason for the continued delay in payment of the single payment scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; if his attention has been drawn to the financial hardship that such a delay is causing; if he will ensure that payment issues immediately. [2440/11]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application under 2010 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 12 May 2010. The 50% advance payment, which issued on 18 October 2010, was on the basis of the land cleared at that stage, as a number of parcels declared required digitising.

Balancing payments under the scheme, which commenced 1 December, would, in normal circumstances, be confined to those whose applications are fully processed, specifically, where all digitising is finalised. However, following recent consultation with the EU Commission, agreement was reached whereby, in addition to issuing balancing payments to those farmers whose applications are fully processed and whose maps are fully digitised, payments will also issue to those farmers where some or all of their maps are still to be digitised, with the payment being calculated on the basis of the digitised land confirmed otherwise eligible.

I am pleased to say that, because of this change, many farmers, including the person named, whose balancing payments would otherwise have been delayed until their digitising is complete, received an interim balancing payment on 1 December. These farmers, including the person named, will receive the final instalment of their balancing payment when their maps are re-digitised and their applications are fully clear. It is expected that the digitising process will be completed within the coming days, as a result of which the outstanding payment will issue shortly thereafter.

Michael Creed

Ceist:

404 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when single farm payment and disadvantaged area payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2443/11]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 11 March 2010. The advance payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme issued on 5 October and the Single Payment Scheme, which issued on 18 October, and the further payment under the latter Scheme which issued on 1 December, were each on the basis of those parcels cleared for payment at that stage. Following the completion of the re-digitisation of a number of parcels listed on the application of the person named, over-claims were identified in respect of two land parcels. This matter has recently been resolved and consequently the balancing payments under both Schemes will issue shortly.